MPax

13 Flips | 1 Magazine | @MPax2016 | Keep up with MPax on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “MPax”

A boy naps with his cows at a county fair. Photographed by Dan Nelken (@dan_nelken) as a part of his project 'Till the Cows Come Home: County Fair Portraits' which documents life around the country at local county fairs. #farming #cows #portraits #countyfair #documentary

Comets May Not Explain 'Alien Megastructure' Star's Strange Flickering After All

It's looking less likely that a swarm of comets or an "alien megastructure" can explain a faraway star's strange dimming.<p>The star (nicknamed "Tabby's …

Pocket-sized personal transporters could soon be seen on the streets of Tokyo

<i>(Reuters)</i> — A Japanese engineer has developed a portable transporter small enough to be carried in a backpack that he says is the world’s first ‘car in a bag’.<p>Twenty-six-year-old Kuniako Saito and his team at Cocoa Motors recently unveiled the lithium battery-powered “WalkCar” transporter, which is …

Portable

The ‘Indiana Jones’ Easter Egg in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Nobody really knows what’s going on with Disney and Lucasfilm’s reported reboot of the <i>Indiana Jones</i> franchise. They say they want to do it, we know …

This NASA spacecraft will set sail propelled entirely by sunlight

It took NASA’s Voyager I probe 35 years to reach the edge of our solar system and enter interstellar space. But a lot has changed in space technology since Voyager launched in 1977. NASA’s new space sail—propelled only by the sun—can make that same trip in 20 years.<p>On Tuesday (Feb. 2), NASA …

Space Travel

Russia Is Working on Sending Astronauts to the Moon Again

For the first time since the end of the Moon Race, Russian engineers have quietly begun working on a lunar lander capable of carrying cosmonauts to the Moon.<p>Although any future human trip to the Moon is still at least a decade away, behind the scenes, the next-generation lunar lander has already …

Earth Is Actually TWO Planets, Study Finds

Go ahead and forget what you know about the origins of the Earth and moon.<p>The giant impact hypothesis -- the popular belief that a "planetary embryo" called Theia collided with Earth some 4.5 billion years ago, leading to the formation of our planet's moon -- has been around for a while.<p>But a …

Astronomy

How the Origin of the KhoiSan Tells Us That 'Race' Has No Place in Human Ancestry

Tim Crowe, <i>University of Cape Town</i><p>The ancient origins, anatomical, linguistic and genetic distinctiveness of southern African San and Khoikhoi people are matters of confusion and debate. They are variously described as the world's first or oldest people; Africa's first or oldest people, or the first …

Anthropology

BBC - Earth - The animal that doesn't get cancer

Many animals get cancer just like humans do, but there are a few mysterious species that rarely develop it<p>Cancer is rife in the animal kingdom. For many, the mortality rate is similar to that suffered by humans.<p>The dogs and cats we share our homes with can get various forms of cancer. Among other …

Biology

A Small Asteroid Will Pass An Astronomical Hair's Breadth From Earth in March

Projections call for a pass as little as 11,000 miles from Earth ... less than 5 percent of the way to the moon.<p>Let's say this first: there's a small asteroid that will skim past the Earth in March. It's going to get close, possibly as little as 11,000 miles. But there's not much to worry about.<p>The …

It Took 125 Years To Notice THIS In A Painting Millions Have Seen

We've all seen this classic piece of artwork, <i>Starry Night</i>, painted by Vincent Van Gogh.<p>What many don't know is that Van Gogh painted <i>Starry Night</i> in …

Scientists decode riddle of deep sea 'purple socks'

Underwater expeditions find enigmatic species that may hold secrets of early human evolution<p>Sometimes it is the very simplest things that pose the most mystifying questions.<p>For years, scientists have puzzled over a bizarre sock-like creature that lives beneath the waves, pondering exactly what it …